Curriculum

The Academy curriculum seeks to meet the learning needs of students so that they may fulfil their potential whilst offering them preparation for adult life in modern Britain. The Academy endorses the principle of access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum where British values are promoted and providing equal opportunities for all students. To this end, the curriculum presents relevant opportunities for students to develop personal values and a wide range of knowledge and skills. The participation of students, irrespective of ability and starting point within and beyond the classroom is highly valued. Importance is placed on the guidance and counselling of students as they progress through the curriculum and Academy life.

At the Academy we operate on a two-week timetable where students are taught 5 one-hour lessons per day. In addition, the tutorial programme develops curriculum links as well as developing resilient and aspirational learners.

The curriculum;

  • Encourages creativity
  • Promotes and models behaviours fit for successful 21st century living
  • Instils lifelong learning habits
  • Promotes critical thinking skills
  • Inspires and excites young people
  • Increases the relevance of the learning
  • Creates incentives to take part and excel
  • Allows all students and community alike to experience and demonstrate success

 Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – 8)

Students develop skills and knowledge in a Key Stage 3 curriculum model which includes the following areas;

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • A Modern Foreign Language
  • History
  • Geography
  • ICT
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Food Technology
  • Design Technology
  • Resilience
  • Health

Our Specialism – Health

As Health is our specialism, students have one lesson a week during which they learn about issues which are important to their own health and well-being. This might be about keeping themselves safe, drugs and alcohol education, sex and relationship education, or first aid delivered by the ORCS team from Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. As part of these sessions we have the support of several outside agencies who will come in and carry out workshops. Students are also involved in Healthy Schools projects such as Health Promotion campaigns. Students in all years and staff also get involved in our biannual Health Days, one of which features the Summer Health Walk.

Core Skills

We develop student’s skills across the curriculum in areas such as:

  • Writing
  • Literacy
  • Communication
  • Thinking Skills
  • Numeracy
  • Self-esteem
  • Resilience
  • Careers-related learning
  • Social interaction

 Key Stage 4 (Year 9 – 11)

Students develop skills and knowledge in a Key Stage 4 curriculum model which includes the following compulsory areas;

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science or Separate Science route
  • A Modern Foreign Language, and/or History or Geography

Students also develop skills and knowledge in selected options subjects, for more information see the Options page.

In addition, students will study Resilience and core PE as part of the KS4 curriculum model.

Alternative curriculum arrangements are provided for students whose needs do not suit the mainstream model.

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 – 13)

Within the Sixth Form students can achieve BTEC Extended National Diplomas in our specialist subjects Health & Social Care and Sports Science at Level 3. Students may also have the opportunity to study additional qualifications alongside their main course of study (e.g coaching and gym instruction).

All students will continue to study English and/or Maths until they have attained the required grade 4 in both subjects.